Ischemic posterior circulation stroke: A review of anatomy, clinical presentations, diagnosis, and current management

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Abstract

Posterior circulation strokes represent approximately 20% of all ischemic strokes (1, 2). In contrast to the anterior circulation, several differences in presenting symptoms, clinical evaluation, diagnostic testing, and management strategy exist presenting a challenge to the treating physician. This review will discuss the anatomical, etiological, and clinical classification of PC strokes, identify diagnostic pitfalls, and overview current therapeutic regimens.

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Nouh, A., Remke, J., & Ruland, S. (2014). Ischemic posterior circulation stroke: A review of anatomy, clinical presentations, diagnosis, and current management. Frontiers in Neurology. Frontiers Media SA. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2014.00030

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